Crazy- eyed killer strikes

The Advertiser - - NEWS - DAVID HUR­LEY

A KNIFE-wield­ing man who launched a deadly at­tack in Mel­bourne’s busy Bourke St yes­ter­day is the brother of an ac­cused ter­ror­ist al­leged to have plot­ted a mass mur­der at Fed­er­a­tion Square on New Year’s Eve.

So­mali-born Is­lamic ter­ror­ist, known as Mo­hamed Khalif, and also Hassan Shire, stabbed a man to death and in­jured two other men af­ter his Holden Rodeo ex­ploded in the CBD about 4.10pm.

The man’s miss­ing wife – who sources de­scribed as hav­ing been “rad­i­calised” – was at the cen­tre of a po­lice hunt last night.

Heroic po­lice of­fi­cers and by­standers tack­led the 31-yearold man, who was known to the Aus­tralian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Or­gan­i­sa­tion, as he lunged at them with a knife.

He was shot in the chest and died in hos­pi­tal last night.

Of­fi­cers were un­der­stood to be last night raid­ing the home of the man, who sources said op­er­ated as a lone wolf.

The probe is be­ing led by in­ves­ti­ga­tors from counter ter­ror­ism com­mand and the homi­cide squad.

The man’s brother is Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 21, from Wer­ribee, who will face a Supreme Court trial af­ter plead­ing not guilty to pre­par­ing and col­lect­ing doc­u­ments to com­mit a ter­ror at­tack in Mel­bourne on De­cem­ber 31, 2017.

The man who car­ried out yes­ter­day’s atroc­ity was one of 300 “per­sons of in­ter­est” in Vic­to­ria, iden­ti­fied as pos­ing a po­ten­tial se­cu­rity risk.

Au­thor­i­ties are set to use Vic­to­ria’s pre­ven­ta­tive deten- tion laws for the first time in the wake of the at­tack. The laws al­low po­lice to de­tain a sus­pect for at least seven days to pre­vent po­ten­tial at­tacks.

Sources said au­thor­i­ties were likely to use the law to de­tain the sus­pect’s wife and any other as­so­ci­ates deemed to be a se­cu­rity risk.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s counter-ter­ror­ism sub­com­mit­tee of Cab­i­net meets to­day.

Pre­mier Daniel An­drew has also sus­pended all elec­tion cam­paign­ing un­til at least to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

Sev­eral gas cylin­ders were found in the ex­ploded car, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources.

Bourke St was thrown into chaos by the deadly peak-hour rampage, as hun­dreds of peo­ple fled the scene out­side the Tar­get Cen­tre.

A brave by­s­tander who used a traf­fic cone to take on the man said: “He had crazy eyes.”

The two in­jured vic­tims, aged 26 and 58, were be­ing treated in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing stabbed in the up­per body.

Ter­ri­fy­ing video footage of the in­ci­dent showed a bearded man with a shaved head swing­ing a knife at po­lice be­fore he was shot by one of the of­fi­cers.

“The cops were back­ing off but he kept com­ing at them,” a wit­ness said.

Two by­standers stepped in to sur­round the man, in­clud­ing one who used a shop­ping trol­ley as a weapon.

Ter­ri­fied by­standers yelled “shoot him, shoot him”.

Chris­tian, who was in a

Pic­ture: STU­ART MCEVOY/The Aus­tralian

BLOOD­BATH: Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices of­fi­cers at the scene of the may­hem in Bourke St in Mel­bourne’s CBD yes­ter­day.

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